After the madcap pacing of My Struggle, Part III, which served as season eleven's premiere, the return of The X-Files showed no signs of slowing down in week two. The season's second episode, entitled simply "This" and scripted by series veteran Glen Morgan (who also handled directorial duties) brought with it an opening sequence shootout, a handful of fight scenes, and the return of The Lone Gunmen.
Well, a Lone Gunman. Sort of.
Dean Haglund, aka Richard 'Ringo' Langly, has been advertised for the eleventh season of The X-Files for some time now. His hauntingly distorted image, encased within the confines of a smartphone, was glimpsed in early trailers. In This, Langly has a small but crucial role.
Of course, the big question for fans is, is Langly alive? And what of the other Gunmen?
It's a question that both is and isn't answered all at the same time. In true X-Files fashion, it's really in how you approach the subject. In fact, that's one of the underlying concepts of the This. What do we consider life? What do we consider being alive? Weaving a story about digital consciousness into the ongoing mythology of season eleven, This takes a stab at answering some bigger questions while continuing to show that even in a post-9/11 world where Donald Trump is a world leader, The X-Files remains as relevant as ever.
Now, let's take a look at 10 things we learned from this season's second episode of The X-Files, This.